Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley Rescinds Free Tickets from Team to Cut Costs

Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterAugust 13, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29:  Alan Pardew the Newcastle United manager walks up behind Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley  prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at the St Mary's Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Mike Ashley is already an unpopular man among Newcastle supporters. 

Just last season alone, they organised a sarcastic open-top bus parade in protest of the owner. But now the billionaire owner has managed to potentially alienate Newcastle staff and players, too. 

According to Craig Hope of the Daily Mailin a bid to cut costs at the club, Ashley has rescinded ticket allowances to players, staff and pretty much anyone employed by the club. 

That allocation goes all the way to the top, as even boss Alan Pardew and his top staff members will not receive tickets to disperse. 

Per the Mail, staff were so furious with the move that, in protest, they refused Ashley's offer of free tickets for their pre-season match over the weekend. 

[Daily Mail]